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Dec. 29th is Move Your Domain Day, and other SOPA Rants and Thoughts

While GoDaddy reversed their SOPA stance because of public outcry from fairly big names (and smaller single entities), you should still probably look at other options because SOPA is just such an ugly thing. It would mean the end of major sites with small teams. Naturally, groups like the RIAA are behind SOPA — the same RIAA who pirated $9 million worth of TV shows.

Seriously, if you don’t know anything about SOPA, read up here, here, here (linked to before), here and here. Oregon’s own Ron Wyden is trying to propose alternatives to SOPA.

Many folks (except maybe this guy) are trying to move their business away from SOPA-supporting companies, me being one of them. I manage 60+ domains personally as well as for a few companies I work for, and am slowly moving them away from to NameCheap (affiliate link — use that to transfer/buy, and I get a few pennies) for this along with a few other reasons. While is cheap, so is NameCheap, and their support/service has been better (and good lord, GoDaddy is always trying to upsell me a boat load of crap I don’t need/want every time I try to renew something there). NameCheap is joining in on the call for a move your domain day on December 29th with $7 transfers, and they’ll donate $1 to EFF for each domain transferred. While I can’t afford to move all my personal domains at once, I will be moving them when renewal time comes up (I’ve already moved several of the company-managed domains I deal with). There’s an easy step-by-step guide to move your domains from GoDaddy to Namecheap.

Why do poorly-written laws like this even see the light of day? Seriously, Congress, it’s not OK to not know how the Internet works (similarly, it’s not OK to not know how Congress works).


Why The Sudden Fascination and Uproar With Smart Phone Rootkits?

In case you hadn’t heard the news (if you follow tech news at all, it’d be hard to miss), pretty much all the major providers use Carrier IQ software on their smart phones (it’s even a part of iOS on the iPhones, just slightly less sinister and easier to turn off). What is Carrier IQ? It has the potential to track and monitor everything to do on your phone and send it to a third party. Class-action lawsuits are being threatened, and it’s starting to really creep everybody out. There’s an Android Market App to see if you have it on your phone and ways to disable it.

What I find hilarious about all this? Carrier IQ was discovered and disabled by Android hackers at least nine months ago. I know the ACS Syndicate folks released a Samsung Epic 4G ROM back in March with it removed and opened up their tools so others could use them. So obviously this is old news — why the sudden uproar about it now? I’ve been rocking Carrier IQ-free (with SyndicateROM Frozen 1.2) for nearly a year now, and if you’ve been running CyanogenMod, so have you.

Moral of the story here? Root your phone. It’s easy, and your phone will run happier because of it.

I Had Nearly Forgotten About Apple’s Rainbow Logo

But this Apple gift catalog from 1983 shows the rainbow Apple was on everything from coffee mugs, t-shirts, race cars, carpeted wall-hangings, and kites.

Holy Cow, That’s A Load Of Links

Finally getting around to a post-vacation link dump — hang on for the ride…

My “pile o’ shortcuts” folder looks much better now. Video links coming tomorrow.

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Updated to fix a few typos…

Web Developers: Want To Be A Complete Jerk and Scare Visitors Away?

Make sure you implement annonying.js to anger as many people as possible. Be sure to read the comments for more obnoxious code, and throw in screwed.js while you’re at it.

Need To Make Sure Something’s Dead Before You RMA It?

Build yourself a few of these bad boys, and when you send something back for repair, you can be assured that you sent it there dead.

Android Screen Customization Is A Great Feature

But sometimes folks can go overboard and it can get really ugly.

First Person Mario

What if Super Mario Bros. was a first-person shooter? Might look something like this:

On a completely un-related note, Pick ’em games are starting up again tonight in a few hours. There are four tonight, four tomorrow (worth three points each), and then two each on Saturday/Sunday (worth five points each). Good luck!